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6/25/2017 Latest post:
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“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12 (NIV)
Our dear Sandy underwent a routine knee replacement surgery on May 30th, 2017. She has since endured a series of life threatening and complex medical challenges. She remains in ICU at Sandford Hospital in Fargo, ND. See below for a detailed description of her journey.
Sandy's Story (detailed):
Following her routine knee replacement surgery, our beloved Sandy was admitted to Perham Hospital due to unusual and ongoing medical symptoms. On June 5th, she was then transferred to ICU at Sandford Hospital in Fargo for further evaluation and testing. During the days following, she experienced Sepsis (life threatening toxic bacteria), Pancreatitis. and high ammonia levels. She was sedated and put on a ventilator. On Friday, June 9th, she underwent an Endoscopy which uncovered an internal blockage. Her doctors were able to remove the “sludge” (matter that built up in her gallbladder and didn’t move through the intestines). She was then taken off the ventilator on June 10th and transferred out of ICU and into a primary care unit. On the 14th, she seemed to be doing well and eventually made the move to a transitional care hospital called VIBRA, also in Fargo. At this time, she was well enough to watch TV and enjoy personal interactions.
Unfortunately this was short lived as her health began to decline. On June 17th, she was transferred back into ICU where she was diagnosed with Aspiration Pneumonia and a Collapsed Lung. She again experienced Sepsis. Her doctors conducted a VAT test and a chest tube was inserted. She went back on the ventilator to provide oxygen she could not produce on her own. Signs of puffiness were then noticed and she underwent a Peritoneocentesis procedure. At this time, an Infectious Disease Doctor was added to her professional medical team. He was able to adjust her antibiotics to address any specific infections.
Yesterday, (Friday, June 23rd) her surgeon conducted an internal wash of the abdominal cavity and organs. He was able to remove an abundance of fluids, possibly caused by an abscess on the outside of her ascending colon which may have inflamed and caused infection.
Needless to say, she remains in critical condition, every day being a blessing. As a family, we had considered air lifting her to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Her team of doctors were supportive of this move and yet we were all aware of the instability of her condition. As such, it was decided to keep her in Fargo. We predict she will remain in ICU for several more weeks as she is monitored.
Through all this, there is cause for hope. We have a trusting relationship with her competent team of physicians and nurses. She is surrounded by family at her side and prayers by those near and far. We are blessed to know that residents in our hometown, in surrounding communities, and co-workers who are enveloping our beloved Sandy in compassion.
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11(NIV)
We promise to keep this site updated. We feel lifted up by your prayers, love, and support. Thank you!
Please send any cards to her daughter’s address at: Sarah Jasmer 7109 Woodland Circle Horace, ND 58047
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6 (NIV)